The Missing Dog?Situation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.
Detective Mike Trombley relaxed as he thought about his impending vacation, his first in over ten years. His body was racing with excitement, especially since he had been bumped up to first class. This is going to be the perfect cure for these aches, he thought. No chasing leads or examining clues for two weeks. Plus, the chance to get out of L.A. will be nice. The trip seemed a little long, but with family in Victoria willing to put him up, Mike could not resist. Besides, Mike figured, a 9:00 pm flight on Friday meant that he could leave work at a normal hour to make it to the airport. Mike was soon asleep in the comfort of his first class chair.
He woke later when he heard the captain announcing the time and temperature. Good, he thought, almost there. He began to straighten out his clothes when he heard a commotion in the coach section.
Almost immediately, two stewardesses rushed past him into the next cabin. He could hear bits and pieces of their conversation.
"What do you mean she keeps yelling for a dog?" "Wouldn't that be in baggage?" "How did she..." "You better hold her down Johnny." "Ma'am, your dog will be waiting for you."
Mike was soon so intrigued by the problem that he walked back to the next section. He asked a stewardess what had happened. She told him that an old woman in coach was screaming about a dog and pointing to a calendar. They could not make out the rest of what she was saying, since none of them spoke German.
Mike soon realized what the woman's problem was, and then proceeded to explain some facts about the flight. She immediately calmed down. What was the woman screaming about?
HintThey are flying on Qantas.
AnswerThe woman was not upset about a missing dog, but rather about a missing day. The flight from Los Angeles to Australia takes approximately 23 hours. So, logic tells you that if you left at 5:00PM Friday, you would arrive 4:00PM Saturday. However, on the flight to Australia you cross through a number of time zones. Because of that, you arrive on Sunday. The woman was pointing to Saturday in a panic, yelling that she was late for an appointment. Mike realized she was not saying "Dog" but rather "Tag", which is German for the word "Day". It is pronounced similar to "Dog".
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